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11 October 2021: Children Under 12 Will Be Allowed to Travel Via VTL
In a recent update from The Straits Times, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has announced that unvaccinated children under the age of 12 will now be allowed to travel quarantine-free under a vaccinated travel scheme. They will need:
✅ to be accompanied by a vaccinated traveller who meets all requirements
✅ to take two COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests (48 hours before departure, and upon arrival to Singapore). However, children at or under the age of two will not have to take these PCR tests.
9 October 2021: Singapore Extends Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) to More Countries in “Cautious, Step-By-Step Manner” As Prescribed by Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
According to CAAS, out of 2000 Vaccinated Travel Pass holders who arrived via the Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), only two were found with COVID-19 (through the PCR tests) — and were immediately isolated without contact with the community. Thus, following that successful implementation, and with 85 per cent of Singapore’s population now fully vaccinated, the VTL will be extended to nine more countries from 19 October.
Together with Germany and Brunei (still closed to leisure travel), these 11 countries include Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain and the United States — with South Korea joining shortly after from 15 November. Locals and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to fly to these countries and return without having to endure two weeks of Stay Home Notice (SHN) or quarantine.
Under this VTL expansion, The Straits Times reports that travel to Singapore will also be made easier for visitors — the previous four tests will be cut down to two COVID-19 swab tests, i.e. a pre-departure and on-arrival Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.
For those feeling lost, here’s a table with all you need to know:
|From 19 October 2021|
|Tests (entering Singapore)||✅ All you need is a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before your flight + an on-arrival test|
⛔️ No more day-3 and day-7 tests after arriving in Singapore
|Tests (leaving Singapore)||✅ Undergo a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before the scheduled departure|
✅ On-arrival PCR test, and will be required to be isolated in a pre-declared residential or non-residential accommodation until they receive a negative on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test result.
|Flights||✅ Designed VTL flights only:|
👉🏻 Singapore Airlines to operate services to and from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris and Rome (19 Oct) + Seoul (16 Nov)
👉🏻 Scoot to operate services to and from Berlin (20 Oct)
👉🏻 Royal Brunei Airlines to operate services to and from Brunei
👉🏻 Lufthansa to operate services to and from Germany
👉🏻 Air France to operate services to and from France
👉🏻 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to operate services to and from the Netherlands
👉🏻 Asiana Airlines & Korean Air to operate services to and from the Republic of Korea
👉🏻 British Airways to operate services to and from the United Kingdom
|What to Bring||✅ A negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours prior to arrival, or a negative antigen rapid test |
✅ Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination
✅ Proof of recovery from a COVID-19 infection (carried out at least 28 days before but not more than six months ago)
|Unvaccinated kids||✅ Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 will now be allowed to travel quarantine-free under a vaccinated travel scheme. *|
|Applications to enter the VTL |
(for short-term visitors and long-term pass holders only)
|✅ For Foreigners entering Singapore:|
👉🏻 From 19 Oct: Applications open 12 Oct at 10 am
👉🏻 From South Korea from 15 Nov: Applications open 8 Nov at 10 am
✅ For SG citizens + PRs:
👉🏻 You will be automatically eligible for the VTL without applying
Transport Minister S.Iswaran says, in an interview with Bloomberg, that Singaporean travellers can anticipate similar VTLs to open with Australia, New Zealand, and other regional countries sometime soon in the future. In the same vein, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung shared that concrete actions will be taken to reopen borders with Malaysia, or at least Johor, as soon as possible.
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* Updated as of 11 Oct